• Comelec may stop airing of Pacquiao-Bradley fight

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    THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) may stop the airing in the country of the fight between Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on April 9.

    “Yes [we can stop the airing of the fight]if we believe that it will [violate the law]. That is in accordance with the law,” Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said on Thursday.

    He was reacting to a statement of former Akbayan party-list lawmaker and now independent senatorial candidate Walden Bello that Pacquiao’s fight with Bradley is an election offense punishable with disqualification.

    Bautista said he had the matter studied by a lawyer even before Bello raised the issue, and initial findings have already been submitted to him.

    The poll chief, however, refused to disclose results of the study.

    Bautista cited Bello’s possibly filing a formal complaint because it might be misconstrued that they were picking on Pacquiao.

    He explained that without a formal complaint against Pacquiao or the airing of the coming boxing match, everything remains speculative.

    “We will look into it if and when a formal complaint is filed. We have to look at the Fair Election Act [and]as well as the rules regarding campaign expenses. These are the related issues,” Bautista pointed out.

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    1. Good news!!! Salamat COMELEC!

      Just imagine if you allow it to air here in Pinas:

      1. Free publicity for senatorial wannabe Manny Pacquiao.

      2. Extra earnings for Manny Pacquiao from broadcast revenues.

      Sobrang garapal at kapalmuks na Manny Pacquiao!!!

    2. Ay nako! If Roxas and Duterte were to stage a fisticuff in the middle of the campaign season, one cannot but help agree that the Comelec should step in on this one and tell these two to settle their accounts at some obscure parking lot. But a Pacquiao fight! These guys at the Comelec have other more pressing matters to bother with.

      Manny’s fight is news. Now matter what. It would be like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube. Media would be doing a disservice to the public to refrain from showing the match due to Bello’s and Comelec’s head-scratching assertion of unfairness to the other senatorial candidates.

      Look at it another way: If the Comelect succumbs to this political pressure, will it make Pacquiao any less popular? Will this move get him to be less talked about? Baka nga mas sumikat pa siya eh.

      Just let this fight be. You have to credit Filipinos with more intelligence by not pursuing this issue. I will NOT VOTE for Pacquiao as senator, but you bet I will be rooting for him all the way against Bradley.